While 10th Avenue East awaits a much heralded arrival and the Melrose Project begins taking shape, a stretch of Pine west of Broadway is also kicking into motion with three different businesses making big changes — and one much-loved bar expanding its sunshiny dominion over a larger swath of Capitol Hill.
Michael Klebeck, whose history in Capitol Hill dates back to the 1990s, has experienced great success, of late, with Sun Liquor and Top Pot Doughnuts. His yet to be named gin distillery at 514 East Pike hopes to open sometime this summer. CHS caught up with Klebeck, and we asked him for details regarding the project. Klebeck envisions a bar that is “almost an exact Sun Liquor” with an attached distillery. In fact, he is hoping that the liquor authorities allow them to call the project “Sun Liquor Distillery” or something that clearly conveys the connection. When we pressed him on reasons for the Pike/Pine corridor location, he mentioned that he loves the diversity and the energy of this part of Capitol HIll. He was also excited by the prospect of occupying a 1930s era building. As he has noted before, he is very “drawn to is the old style architecture and blending the old with the new.”
Right next door to the planned distillery/bar is The Feed Bag, a pet provisions store, which has been a fixture on the block for sixteen years. Angela (a/k/a Alpha Bitch) and The Feed Bag are moving next door to the corner spot at Pike and Belmont (at 518 East Pike from their current location at 516 East Pike)) on March 1, 2010. Angela told us that they will have more space and will expand the range of products they have for birds and reptiles. In addition, they plan to have educational classes covering basic pet care. If you have not yet stopped by The Feed Bag, here is their story (as reported by their Flickr friend Aandroid):
Picture it Baltimore 1993…Alpha Bitch Angela likes animals more than she likes people and likes being her own boss more than working for one. Her and her Beagle ,Martini Olive(Olly) move to Sea-Town..some other boring stuff happens and then basically…
The Feed Bag Pet Provisions was born.
Whether dog, cat, small mammal, bird or fish The Feed Bag offers provisions to maintain your beasts well being. Honest knowledgeable friendly service is our goal. Integrity over profit is our mission. We ARE your neighborhood store and have been owner operated since day one back in 1994. We’ve got plenty of good shit-so your pets will too.
Pike Street Beer and Wine will replace The Feed Bag’s at 516 East Pike. Since they are moving to a smaller space, PSBW is offering a 10% sale on all inventory through March 1. Seattle Metropolitan reports that PSBW will close for a few days beginning 3/2/10 and reopen in the 2nd week of March.